Nanzen-ji Temple was rebuilt on the Rikyu Zenrin-ji Temple of Emperor Kameyama. In the request of Emperor Kameyama, Mukan Fumon, the Daimyo Kokushi (the monk title offered by Emperor) set up this temple. A lot of maple trees were planted in Nanzen-ji. So come to see the red leaves of Nanzen-ji this year.
Where are the places recommended for taking red leaves photos in Nanzen-ji?
Lighten-up activities for red leaves in Nanzen-ji TempleThere is no lighten-up event in Nanzen-ji Temple, but in Tatchu sub-temple Tenjuan. The color of red, orange and yellow get twinkle under illumination and like floating on the darkness. The beauty lights up the sky too!
What is the period of seeing red leaves blooming in Nanzen-ji Temple?Climate varies every year and makes the time change, mostly from late November to early December. A reference is in 2017 November 15 to 30, Tenjuan held the lighten-up event.
How crowded it will be in red leaves period in Nanzen-ji Temple?A lot of tourist will travel to Nanzen-ji Temple in red leaves period. Since there is big, so the feeling is not so crowded. Usually the crowded place is from Sanmon to main hall. The 2nd and the 4th week of every month will hold the Kyotoen Zazen event (sitting down in Buddha way and meditation) at Riyouenkaku. From November to March, start at 6:30am and will last for an hour. Travelers can go to Honboteien from the corridor of Riyouenkaku. Since the starting hour is earlier proper opening hours, in case tourists want to enjoy red leaves earlier. This activity is worth joining. If you want to enjoy the night tour in Tenjuan, you can queue up earlier than the event start. Or you can come late (like 1 hour before closure) to enjoy a relatively quiet environment.
Features of Nanzen-ji TempleOther than the theme of red leaves, getting off at Keage Station by Subway Tozai Line, there is a tunnel named “Spiral Tunnel” on the way to Nanzen-ji Temple. On top of the tunnel is Keage Inkurain, a famous place for sakura views. The Tatchu sub-temple Konchi-in was built for the 3rd Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu by the “Black Dress Prime Minister” of Tokugawa Ieyasu, a monk named Ishin Suden. A product of Kobori Masakazu, a Karesansui dry rock garden named “Crane and Tortoise Garden” express the manner of large hearted. Here also the tea house Hassoseki of Enshu for visit. Around Nanzen-ji Temple is famous for tofu soup (boiled bean curd). The shop Okutan and Junsei are well known for this. Take a tofu lunch at here will be a nice choice.
Other red leaves sight points around Nanzen-ji Temple
Murin-anThe villa was designed by Yamagata Aritomo who was the prime minister in Meiji period. The garden was made by Ueji Ogawa Jihei VII. The giant rock in the garden was moved by 24 cows from Daigo Mountain. The pond and fountain promenade garden takes water from water divisions of Lake Biwa, and can enjoy the colorful red leaves.
Eikan-doThere represents the red maple leaves in Kyoto. The Hojo Pond reflects the beautiful pagoda and red leaves. There are lighten-up activities in rd leaves period.
Himukai-Daijingu ShrineWalking along Keage Inkurain upward is a hidden good place for red leaves. People call here “Ise in Kyoto”. Shrines are made by uncommon Shinmei-zukuri.
Nanzenji FukuchichoSakyo Ward
- Get off at Keage Station by Subway Tozai Line, 10mins walk
- Get off at Higashitennocho Bus Stop or Nanzenji Eikandodo Bus Stop by City Bus, 10 mins walk
- Car park (Car park No.1 of Nanzen Kaikan for private car)